Maurice Jones-Drew Says He Doesn’t Regret Holding Out

Maurice Jones-Drew has no regrets after ending his holdout without the big-money contract extension he feels he deserves after being one of the NFL’s most productive running backs, the Florida Times-Union.

“I still feel right in everything I did,” Jones-Drew said at EverBank Field, shortly after meeting with coach Mike Mularkey. “I’d do it the same way.”

Despite having two years remaining on a deal that was front-loaded to reward his early-career performance, Jones-Drew skipped all of the voluntary and mandatory activities last spring and missed all six weeks of training camp.

Jones-Drew considered sitting out the first nine weeks or the entire season but ultimately opted to report and not risk losing game checks.

“I could have forced something,” he said, referring to a longer hold out or requesting a trade. “Obviously, this is something I made the decision to do back in January and we got to this point. Now we’re over it, it’s solved for the time being and we’re ready to move on.”

Jones-Drew would not comment when asked twice about whether he and the team had resolved the $15,000 daily fine for missing training camp.

The Jaguars return to practice Monday after a three-day break to start preparation for the season opener at Minnesota.

“I think I’m game ready now,” Jones-Drew said.

Jones-Drew said he holds no ill will against the Jaguars but admitted disappointment over owner Shad Khan’s “get on the train” comment last month.

“I was disappointed about the comments,” Jones-Drew said. “I expect people outside the organization to make those comments. When you do get it from inside the organization … you expect a little more appreciation. … Certain people handle things certain ways.”

Despite the dispute with the Jaguars, Jones-Drew said it doesn’t change his view of where he wants to play.

“Why wouldn’t I [want to stay]?” he said. “This is a team that gave me an opportunity. Just because we’ve had a disagreement about a contract situation doesn’t mean I don’t want to end my career here.”

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